a weekender's guide to Beer, Devonshire

Luke's family generously offered to let us stay at their beach cottage in Beer, Devonshire. It only took me minutes to fall in love with the Southern seaside village, so after a few days, I was begging to stay near the ocean air and pebble beaches. Sure, the weather was gray off-and-on, but the charm of the English coast made my heart skip beats. 

WHERE IS BEER LOCATED + HOW DO I GET THERE

Beer is on the Southern coast of England. I was lucky enough to go by car to Beer, making it pretty straightforward. You can get to Beer by train via Seaton but it seems to be kind of the world's biggest pain. If you have the option of driving to Beer, I highly recommend jumping in the car. If you don't, you can read more here for ways to get to the Jurassic Coast.  

 windblown candid snap by Luke our first trip to the beach 

windblown candid snap by Luke our first trip to the beach 

WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE + WHEN SHOULD I VISIT

Most websites will tell you to visit Beer in the summer as the weather tends to be on the warmer side. Beer has a pebble beach that many boating and fishing enthusiasts enjoy, but if you know anything about England you know that the seasons don't mean much in terms of weather-- you can get all four of them in an afternoon. 

We made our way to Beer in late August over a bank holiday {the crowds weren't actually terrible at all}. The weather varied from sunshine to cloud coverage, but I never needed more than a jumper to keep warm. There was an ocean breeze that can be a bit chilling. 

 view of Beer beach from the walk to Seaton

view of Beer beach from the walk to Seaton

WHAT CAN I SEE + DO THERE

Beer makes a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of London! If you love hikes along rugged coastlines and cheeky ginger beers on the beach, Beer is an ideal trip. There's plenty to keep you busy over a weekend or bank holiday!

Get views {and some exercise} walking the Jurassic Coast path // I'm always one for a good hike, particularly in a new place when the weather is a decent temperature. The absolute best views of the Jurassic Coast and its nearby villages can be found by walking to Branscombe or Seaton on the lovely marked trails provided. The more challenging walk is definitely from Beer to Branscombe and back thanks to the steeper inclines. The views are unbeatable and the green backdrop is stunning. The walk from Beer to Seaton is easier and takes less time to complete. Both walks end at cafes where a flat white is indeed in order!

 you can rent a beach hut for 10GBP for a whole day

you can rent a beach hut for 10GBP for a whole day

Grab a pint {or two} at one of the local pubs // After our initial walk around the town, we grabbed pints {I grabbed a half because this is me we're talking about...} at the Anchor Inn, one of many pubs on High Street that offer a quintessential British vibe thanks to locals yelling at the television screen as the football match played. Other pubs in the area include The Dolphin Hotel and Barrel O'Beer. 

Visit the Beer Fine Foundation Centre // Right off the beach is a small wooden building that has hands-on learning exhibits about the amazing fossils found along the Jurassic Coast, sea life and how it has evolved, and conservation efforts of the area. The Beer Fine Foundation even offers free rubbish sticks to those who want to help clean up the beach {although, I didn't see a speck of rubbish anywhere along the coast}. 

 empty Beer beach on a morning's mission for photos

empty Beer beach on a morning's mission for photos

Bring a book to the beach // Beer Beach is the perfect place to bring your book and a blanket and cozy up for a read! Despite the gray looking photos, the sun did shine while we were in Beer and the beach heated up in the afternoon {when most people were out picnicking, swimming, or hunting for crab. I enjoyed a ginger beer and Rupi Kaur's latest book while warming up on the pebble beach. It's a great place to get caught up on all the books you keep saying you're going to read and never make time to! 

Go for a swim, surf, or paddleboard // This is definitely a summertime suggestion {unless you're like me and unbothered by cold water}. Water temperatures aren't like those off the coast of Italy, but the water is wonderfully clear. If you aren't one for swimming try surfing or paddleboarding at one of the many hire companies that offer instruction. Check out reviews for Seaton's lessons here. 

 Thai Green Curry with Tofu for 11.40GBP

Thai Green Curry with Tofu for 11.40GBP

WHERE + WHAT IS THERE TO EAT 

In truth, we cooked most meals in Luke's family's cottage. I've been thoroughly enjoying making meals together while we have a kitchen to utilize {not to mention the money saved}. However, we did eat a lunch and dinner out. Here are the places we ate and others recommended to us by his family!

Gina's // Gina's is located right along High Street and offers reasonably priced Italian + Thai dishes. You will need to book in advance as Gina's is a small establishment that gets filled quickly for dinner. I had the Thai Green Curry with tofu which had a delicious spicy taste that was washed down nicely with a Singha. 

Beer Fish + Chips Shop // No surprises here! You can get classic fish and chips wrapped in paper to take to the beach. There are some veggie options, but I just nibbled on chips as I was already too full to down a veggie burger. The prices are pretty standard, but the portions are heaping. 

The Smuggler's Kitchen // The Smuggler's Kitchen serves up Italian classics like pizza and calzones as well as the expected seafood dishes {this is a coastal town after all}. I've heard great things about this place, but never ate there myself. Make sure to book in advance, which can be easily done online. 

Steamers // Seafood lovers can tickle their taste buds at Steamers, where the world-class chef serves up fish from local fishmongers. There are vegetarian options available in the form of soups, sides, and a vegetarian risotto, but I'd say this place is firmly for those who want a taste of what the local waters offer. 

 a view of kayakers from the cliffs of Beer, en route to Seaton

a view of kayakers from the cliffs of Beer, en route to Seaton

I think getting out of London when you travel to England is massively important. Like people who have only traveled to New York City or Los Angeles, there is a part of America that you are missing out on. A part of the heritage, history, and overall culture of the country. The same can be said of England. Seeing the coastal countryside and its fishing villages deepened my love for this lush little land, and I'm ever so grateful that I got to see it through the eyes of someone I care about. 

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